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Life Cycle Assessment is a unique tool that allows firms to assess the environmental impact of goods and service from the beginning to the end of the production cycle, also known as cradle to grave. This allows the firm to quantify relevant material and energy inputs/outputs and the potential environmental impact of each. In the case of IE and sustainable development the use and proliferation of LCA within domestic industries would aid in the transition to the low-carbon economies of tomorrow.

Federal government have a central role in setting policies that ensure this low-carbon future and can use LCA as a tool to minimize environmental damage while maximizing utility.  This is achieved primarily through the creating external controls and boundary conditions.

1. Within the system boundary of the public sector and all the services involved ( waste disposal, public schools, roads sanitation) As a federal policy the government can exert external control by making all public institutions and services to undertake LCAs to ensure sustainability goals. 2. This can be done over a period of years to allow a transition toward stricter regulations. This would be complimented by a larger Environmental Protection ministry with LCA professionals who would enforce the rules and teach LCA to the various aspects of the public sector.

Within the private sector the government has the central role of setting regulations that companies must adhere to. 3. To encourage private businesses to utilize LCA within their development of their products and services government can give tax incentives in the beginning to encourage use, later change the policy to making it mandatory within a 10-15 year period.

4. Alternatively, the government can influence private business through subversive campaigns from nonprofits to encourage self governance.

It is my personal belief that companies by and large exist to make money and would rather spend less money than more, to maximize profit and will only comply with regulations if they are federally mandated.


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November 22, 2012 at 9:39 pm

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No paper? No problem.

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The Poynter Online has a section called “Ask a Recruiter” where individuals are allowed to ask Joe Grimm, a recruiter, questions about applying for jobs.

In this posting, a woman named Jessica asks whether one should submit hard-copy application materials for jobs. In the past Grimm always advised sending in hard copy materials but his opinion has changed. He says nowadays, the more digital an operation becomes the more they prefer digital applications. He works for a website called and he hardly ever has to deal with paper. According to him, the process of converting hard-copy materials to digital is time-consuming  and would be sending the ‘wrong message’ to the organization.

I would tend  to agree.

In my opinion the internet provides the most convenient means of transferring documents available. As long as there is an internet connection, you never have to worry about documents disappearing or getting lost in the mail as they are kept on file forever, or at least as long as the storage space functions. The less paper we use the better, and the more we move toward electronic documentation the better because it is far more convenient and safer for the environment.


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November 27, 2010 at 7:25 pm

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The beginning of the beginning… again? Not!

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It is always funny to see journalists talks about the print industry if for the only reason it being like asking the Captain of the Titanic how his ship is doing while it is pointing 90 degrees upwards.  Newspapers and Magazines have had their time in the sun, and it has been a good run… about 150 years depending on where you are. In the article Seven Reasons Newspapers Are Not Rebounding Financially, author Rick Edmund is attempting to explain why newspapers aren’t making as much money as they were. He says it is for these reasons:

1. Advertising revenues are still falling

2. Online and other digital growth doesn’t take up the slack.

3. Newsprint prices are rising again.

4. Other cost reductions are cycling through

5. Circulation revenues have gone flat.

6. The “death spiral” cycle continues.

7. Debt continues to be problematic.


Newspapers and print journalists have to accept the fact that they are a relic of the past.

People are not going to starting dropping their iphones and computers and buy more papers. PERIOD. As time passes there will be those who were born prior to the advent of computer use who will continue to buy newspapers for old-times-sake, those who appreciate the ‘vintagness’ of it like those who continue to buy vinyl records because of the sentimental value. Readership has  flat lined but in the long run people will slowly read less and less papers and magazines because of the convenience provided by the internet.   Nobody will pay for something if they can get it for free. Some will but apart from the fact that most people don’t read, people want to receive information in the fastest, cheapest, most convenient way possible.

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November 17, 2010 at 8:55 pm

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Brazil Elects First Female President

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Brazil has elected Dilma Rousseff  as their first Female president. Her main goal as president is to eradicate poverty and cap spending.

Rousseff, 62, has never held public office. Not only that, but she was a former Marxist-guerilla who was jailed and tortured by Brazil’s 1964-1985 military dictatorship. S

he comes into office after President Luiz Inacio Lula who after being elected in 2003, has raised 21 million Brazilians from poverty while increasing economic growth at almost twice the pace of the former eight years.

Rousseff is seen as Lula’s hand-picked candidate who will expand on his social and economic policies. It is interesting to see that more women are being elected into the highest office of power in national government and I hope this trend continues. Brazil has intimate relationships with the coalition of leftist governments in South America, including Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador. After seven years of Lulas presence  I wonder if Rousseff will intereact with her neighbors similarly or differently.

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November 1, 2010 at 3:06 am

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Isreali Coalition Government Threatened with Collapse

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Israel’s Labor Party has threatened to leave Israel’s  coalition government if negotiations with Palestine do no resume soon, according to cabinet minister Avishay Braverman

Negotiations with Palestine have come to a halt since the freeze on settlement construction has expired. Braveman has implored President Obama to become involved more intimately involved in the peace negotiations to spur a resolution to this 60 year conflict.

“Netanyahu has to make a very tough choice, but leadership is about tough choices, making tough decisions,” said Braverman. “For Netanyahu the game is now. He has to choose between sustaining political equilibrium to survive, or changing it to make history … It’s an act of bravery.”

This conflict has been ongoing for many decades and it is silly to think that the problems between the two states have continued to this day. When Britain relinquished its control of the area after WWII, they were determined to create two states, one arab and one jewish that were equal. Israel’s existence was threatened on multiple occasions and because of that  generation of hyper-nationalistic individuals have grown and now occupy public offices.

At the current state, the IDF controls what goes inside and out of Palestine, as proven by the attacks on protestors of the Israel blockade of the country. If a country cannot be free because the Palestinians people intrinsically pose an existential threat to Israel’s existence, how can the Isreali-Palistinian conflict ever be solved?

Israel deserves the right to protect itself, but it doesn’t give it the right to control the lives of anyone. Hopefully this threat to dismantle the coalition government will spur a swifter resolution to the quagmire of the Middle East.

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November 1, 2010 at 2:40 am

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Bada Bing!

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In a recent NPR podcast for “Planet Money”, commentator David Folkenflik Discussed a new agreement between Microsoft and Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. To give Bing, Microsoft’s propriety search engine, exclusive access to news content from the Wall Street Journal.

This comes at a time when ad revenues  and readership of newspapers and magazines are shrinking as more individuals turn to the web to access media content for free. To make profit, News Corp. will give Bing exclusive rights to news content online for a undisclosed sum of money from Microsoft.

This is a paradigm shift in the web because the one thing about the web is the ability to access information through search engines. It literally means when you look for a wall street journal through google’s search engine, the same results will not come up.

This might give Bing an edge for particular content and might start a content war between web sites. There is no telling how this will affect the business model of websites, but when times are tough media companies will do anything to make a dime.


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November 1, 2010 at 1:58 am

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The French strike back

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It seems the French are at it again. In the light of slowing economies and job growth, governments are looking for ways to cut down on spending.

The French government has proposed a plan to increase retirement age in France from 60 to 62. The result? Total chaos.

French workers are going into the streets over the proposed increase in retirement age,  shutting down oil refineries and universities across the country.

Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux has told police to “limit the use of force to what is strictly necessary” when dealing with any student unrest at Saturday’s protests, the fifth in less than six weeks. Over 340,000  protested in Paris alone, and over a million nationwide.

“We’re prepared to demonstrate under the snow if it takes that long,” Airbus worker Stephane Thibault, 37, told AFP at a demonstration in the southern city of Toulouse.

“We’re mobilized, everyone seems motivated. With right-wing governments, we know you have to resist,” he said.

Strikes have closed down 10 of 12 oil refineries in the country, despite riot police being dispatched to keep the peace.

The lack of fuel has closed down two of France’s main airports.

This is all kind of amazing considering how much solidarity there is amongst french workers. Even when there is discussion of change to policy, 1 million people go into the streets and the government must either concede or come to a middle ground with the people’s will.

Are American’s pouring into the streets to protest lack of health care or wall street reform? No.  It is amazing to see when people come together they can actually get things done, too bad its in another country.

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October 17, 2010 at 5:56 pm

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